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IT'S NOT often that the words wistful, intelligent, fantastical (and especially not charming) could be applied to a comedian plying their trade on the Fringe. More often than not, your chosen comic will spin a whole hour out of a couple of stunts, shouting very LOUD and, the most reliable fall-back position, treating the audience to a few variations on a knob gag.

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Life's inessentials: The Facial Flex

Slippage. It's a word you'd associate with sodden slag heaps, perhaps, or shaky Far Eastern stock markets ... but your face? Facial Flex claims, laudably enough, to be an alternative to cosmetic surgery and, when compressed and released between the corners of the mouth 40 to 60 times a day, will deliver a 32 per cent increase in facial firmness and a 250 per cent increase in facial muscle strength.

Human Condition: Face the facts - What you can expect to pay for cosmetic surgery

Facelift: varies enormously depending on surgeon's expertise (and ego): pounds 3,000 - pounds 7,000

Letter: Implant and legal aid

Sir: As the solicitor to whom a very limited legal aid certificate has been granted to investigate the cause of the baby Danielle Bowler's illness, I view with some amazement the claim of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons that the grant of legal aid in such circumstances is pandering to "junk science" ("Plea to Irvine over legal aid for breast implant woman", 19 January).

Charmed Life

The words `can you move a little closer, I'm rather short sighted' do not sit kindly on a plastic surgeon's lips. After a succession of `smile!', `grimace!', `smile!' he excused himself, and I sat up on the bed scanning the room for instruments of torture

Drug baron's plastic surgeon found dead

The lesson is: if you perform clandestine plastic surgery on Mexico's most-wanted druglord to help him elude police, you'd better get it right.

Key to tomorrow's youthful look

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's cosmetic surgery. The suggestion that face transplants could become a reality raises the prospect of the ageing rich raiding the cadavers of beautiful 20-year-old accident victims for a new, young look.

THE HUMAN CONDITION: The small willy appreciation society

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When it comes to mammaries, we'd really rather they were real

Jojo Moyes on bogus breasts

The feminist guide to cosmetic surgery

Anything that makes you feel good is beneficial to the cause of women the world over

I was so ugly ...

Diane Coyle was born with a facial growth. Why did she wait so long before having the cosmetic surgery that changed her life?

Cutting edge

The ugly business of plastic surgery is getting the treatment from Joanna Briscoe, post-feminist designer dyke babe novelist of the moment.

The man who wants you to have a facelift at 30

Zap those wrinkles before they appear, advises Dr Gerald Imber. But will women fall for 'preventive' cosmetic surgery? Report by Hester Lacey
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